Motor racing lore says that a Grand Prix team's second season is a bit like a group's second album - a struggle. That will not have been missed by BMW Sauber as they head into 2007.
A new team has often burst onto the Grand Prix scene in a blaze of glory. Then, just as often, the second season is a damp squib. You can't better the debut of Austro-Canadian oil magnate Walter Wolf in 1977. In those days the season began in January, the 9th to be precise, and the team was together enough to actually win the Argentine Grand Prix, courtesy of Jody Scheckter.
Back then, the business was a lot simpler. The core was much of Frank Williams' staff and Scheckter was fortunate. Saying that, there was nothing wrong with the late Harvey Postlethwaite's WR1, a point Jody proved when he pipped Niki Lauda to the chequer in Monaco and, fittingly for Wolf, won again in Canada. Walter's team was fourth in the constructors' championship, which was won that year by Ferrari, and had amassed 55 points, putting them just five behind McLaren and seven adrift of Lotus.
The next season, reality struck. They scored just 24 points. James Hunt signed for '79 but retired abruptly after Monte Carlo and by the end of the year it was all over.